Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fluffy Bites

It is amazing how much a little bit of crafting got me so far behind last week. (And no, I have only watched Twilight once!). I find it hard to believe it is already Wednesday, yet there is still so much to be done still. Although it is mood-lifting to see the yard turning green again, I dread going though winter/spring clothes :P

I really want to share with you all an insanely good recipe I tried this week. It comes from my beloved Family Fun magazine (March 09, page 94). This is the first time I have used puff pastry, Imagine fancy, flaky, super-flavorful ham + cheese sandwiches.

Argentian Ham and Cheese Empanadas
-2 Tbsp olive oil
-1 medium onion, finely chopped
-2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
-8 oz cooked ham, chopped
-2 Tbsp bread crumbs
-8 oz mild Cheddar or Jarlsberg cheese, shredded
-2 Tbsp sour cream
-1 large egg, lightly beaten
-pinch black pepper
-1 package of empanada wrappers or 2 packages of Pepperidge Farms frozen puff pastry, thawed
-egg wash made from 1 large egg beaten, combined with 1 Tbsp water
In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and parsley and cook until onion is transparent (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat, transfer to medium-sized bowl, and allow to cool.
Add the ham, bread crumbs, cheese (I used Cheddar Jack), sour cream, egg, and pinch of black pepper to the bowl, and mix well.
(To make the empanada wrapper, I cut each sheet of Pepperidge Farm puff pasty dough into 4 equal squares)
Place 2 heaping tablespoons of filling in center of wrapper and lightly moisten the edge with the egg wash. Fold the pastry in half and press the edges firmly to seal. Crimp the edge with a fork dipped in flour and pierce the top with fork to allow steam to escape. Repeat with remaining pastry/filling, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 375. Brush the empanadas with the remaining egg wash and bake them on a parchment-lined baking seet on the upper oven rack until golden (About 20-25 minutes). Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Randi's Notes:
  • -Although I purchased 2 boxes of the puff pastry as called for in the recipe, I decided to only make half the recipe. One box contains 2 sheets of pastry, and I cut each sheet into 4 squares...therefore, half the recipe yielded 8 empanadas. This was enough to feed my husband, myself, and both girls, with 2 1/2 left over, and we were stuffed!
  • -According to the recipe, these can be frozen and baked later. Simply place the unbaked (and un-egg washed) empanadas on wax paper-lined baking sheets and freeze (then stack in sealable bags/containers in freezer). When you are ready to bake them, just egg wash and pop in the oven, increasing the baking time by 15 minutes.
  • -Leftover filling is really yummy in omelets or scrambled eggs!!
  • -There was so much "mmmm-ing" going on at the table, I couldn't hear anything else. -These would be insanely good for a party, especially since you can make them ahead and they look so darn fancy.


Anonymous said...

I sorted through the girls clothes today, can't take the spring/summer things out yet though we're stuck in the 40's and wet! Usually about May we can hope for warmer days here! You are an awesome cook, you seem to be so patient and creative with it! I have to admit to being one of those that thought you may have been in a movie daze! Glad to hear that you found other ways to use your time!!

SquishyCuteStuff said...

No, the movie only took up about 2 hours of my time ;-) I know it is probably (definitely) not your cup-o-tea, but after reading the series so far, it is amazing how many Christian values are portrayed. I have thought about this a lot... they really touch on the forgiveness of God; old-fashioned courtship; no sex before marriage; the sanctity of life; and the last book has a HUGE prolife/anti-abortion message. Of course, I am also hooked on the wonderful love story entwined throughout ☺

Anonymous said...

Yep, I'm more of a Beverly Lewis type novel reader; never really have liked intrigued; I really don't know much about the books,except that a lot of the 13-14 year old girls at church really like them. Sad to say but if the cover "looks" scary to me, then I probably wouldn't read that book or watch that movie. What is the saying? Don't judge a book by it's cover? said...

Mmm... yummy!

Nikki said...

This looks awesome. Must put this stuff on my grocery list!